Neptune (Marvel Comics)
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|First appearance||Tales to Astonish #70 (Aug 1965)|
|Created by||Stan Lee|
|Team affiliations||Olympian Gods|
|Abilities||Superhuman strength, immortality, healing factor, shapeshifting, teleportation, weather modification, magic|
Neptune, also called Poseidon, is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is based on the Roman God with the same name and his Greek counterpart. Neptune is the god of the sea in the Olympian pantheon, and the patron god of Atlantis. Neptune first appeared in Tales to Astonish #70 and was adapted by Stan Lee and Gene Colan.
Fictional character biography
Neptune is the son of Cronus and Rhea, and was born in Mount Olympus. Zeus and Pluto are his brothers, and Hera and Vesta are his sisters. Neptune is responsible for the evolution of Homo mermanus, and is still honored by the Atlanteans, unlike many Olympians who have little or no worshippers on Earth.
In modern times, Neptune sent Namor the Sub-Mariner on a quest for his trident in order to regain the Atlantean throne, appearing before him at various points. Neptune then appeared to the Atlanteans, and decreed Namor the true ruler of Atlantis. Neptune later advised Namor of the true destiny of Atlantis. Later, Neptune healed a wounded Namor, and transformed a drowning stallion into a giant seahorse.
Neptune later abducted Namor from Atlantis to Hades at the behest of Zeus, as Zeus blamed the Avengers for Hercules' bad physical condition. However, Neptune was then forbidden to return to Earth by Zeus, despite his objections due to Atlantean worship.
Most recently, he, along with the other Olympians have dwelt on Earth once more following the death of Zeus. In a weakened state, he was abducted by Hippolyta and her Amazon warriors, at the behest of Hera and Pluto, who forced him to cede his shares of the Olympus Group to them, facilitating their takeover. The Amazon princess Artume likewise forced from him the location of the Omphalos. He was rescued from Artume's clutches by Hercules, Namor, and Namora.
Neptune was present when Athena led the Olympus Group at Hercules' funeral. He then sided with Athena when the other Olympian Gods challenged her for leadership over the Olympian Gods at the time when Amadeus Cho was made leader of the Olympus Group. Neptune chose Namor as his proxy. The battle between the mortal proxies ended in a draw and the Olympian Gods stopped fighting each other and fought the other Gods.
As Hulk scales Mount Olympus to ask Zeus for help, Neptune is among the Olympian Gods that tried to stop him. Neptune sent a tidal wave at Hulk on the side of Mount Olympus which he withstood. This annoyed Hulk when Neptune called him a hero as he continued to climb Mount Olympus.
Powers and abilities
Neptune possesses the typical powers of an Olympian, including superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, and reflexes, and immortality. Neptune can breathe underwater and possesses the ability to manipulate vast cosmic/mystical energies for numerous purposes which have yet to be revealed. He is known to be capable of inter-dimensional teleportation. Neptune's powers are equal to those of Pluto's; the death god once overwhelmed Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme himself, in direct magical combat. As the god of the sea, Neptune can manipulate the oceans and water to his will. He is also the god of earthquakes and can manipulate earth and other geokinetic elements to a degree.
Neptune is usually armed with a 6' 5" long enchanted trident of unrevealed properties.
Neptune rides a sea-shell chariot drawn by magical seahorses and dolphins.
In other media
- Neptune appears in the Namor segment of The Marvel Super Heroes.
- as revealed in Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #9
- Tales to Astonish #70
- Tales to Astonish #75
- Sub-Mariner #68
- Marvel Fanfare #16
- Avengers #282
- Avengers #285
- Incredible Hercules #122-123
- Hercules: Fall of an Avenger #1
- Incredible Hulks #621